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Standing Committee on Pro Bono
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Standing Committee on Pro Bono

Mission and Goals

The Pro Bono committee works to persuade mediators, arbitrators and others to do pro bono dispute resolution work and to work with legal services and state bar and national pro bono offices to set up such programs and policies.


  • In February 2003 the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution adopted the following resolution:

    The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution urges each mediator, arbitrator or other neutral to devote at least 50 hours annually to providing pro bono ADR services; attorneys who are not neutrals to devote a portion of their pro bono services to assisting needy litigants involved in ADR proceedings; and bar associations to credit such pro bono activities toward an attorney's mandatory or aspirational pro bono requirements.
  • Goals

    The goals for the pro bono committee are (1) to implement and follow-thru with the mini-grants that were awarded in May and (2) to assist with the expansion and improvement of pro bono ADR programs through outreach and educational programs.

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        Evaluations, Opinions, Observations and Comments: When and How Mediators Use Analytical Techniques


        This webinar will teach participants when and why mediators use evaluative techniques and how parties and counsel can best make use of the techniques. The speakers will discuss whether it is ethical for mediators to evaluate, whether parties want evaluation and how traditional reality-testing differs ...

        The Case for a No-Caucus Approach to Mediation


        The ABA Dispute Resolution Section Mediation Committee is pleased to announce our first monthly teleconference of 2015. Please join us on March 19th for: The Case for a No-Caucus Approach to Mediation Mediators Gary Friedman (Mill Valley, CA) and Jack Himmelstein (New York) advocate a mediation model ...

        Improving Lawyers’ Judgment: Is Mediation Training De-Biasing?


        Program Description: Lawyers are valued, in substantial measure, for the objectivity of their judgment. But like all human beings, especially when acting in a partisan role, they are subject to pervasive cognitive and motivational biases that can affect what they believe and wish to find out, the predictions ...

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